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Temple topples cold-shooting Aggies

Temple topples cold-shooting Aggies

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Quinton Rose scored 19 points and Temple used an 11-0 second-half run to pull away from cold-shooting Texas A&M for a 65-42 victory in the Orlando Invitational on Friday.

Alani Moore II had 14 points and Monty Scott finished with 11 for the Owls (5-1), who rebounded from a seven-point loss to fifth-ranked Maryland to advance to the fifth-place game of the eight-team tournament at Disney World.

Typically, this time of year your defense is a little better than your offense, but at some point you have to start making more open shots and we certainly got some looks,” Temple coach Aaron McKie said.

Texas A&M (3-3) trailed 32-18 at halftime and trimmed the double-digit deficit to 38-32 before Temple pulled away for good with help from the 11-0 surge that Moore finished with a 3-pointer to put the Owls up 51-35 with 5:46 remaining.

Texas A&M missed 16 of their last 17 shots down the stretch and didn’t score at all in the final 2:51. The Aggies finished 13 of 58 from the field, including 6 of 33 on 3-point attempts.

Josh Nebo was the only A&M player in double figures with 12 points.

“Other than the last three minutes of the second half, I thought our fight was much better,” Aggies coach Buzz Williams said. “Lowest number of turnovers thus far this season, highest number of offensive rebounds this season. And I think in an unspoken way, those are byproducts of how hard we were fighting.”

A&M shot 31 percent in losing to Harvard in the opening round.

A&M made 10 of 13 free throws for its best percentage (77) from the line this season, and had a season-high 10 offensive boards and season low in turnovers (13).

“One of the things that we talked about before the game was, kind of like football, time of possession,” Williams said. “We wanted to win time of possession and too many times, we didn’t take that opportunity.”

Wendell Mitchell had his season high in rebounds with six and Jay Jay Chandler topped his assist mark for the season with three.

NOTES — ESPN Events announced Friday that the Texas A&M will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 25-27. Joining the Aggies will be Creighton, Duke, Memphis, Ohio State, Utah, West Virginia and Wichita State. It will be the Aggies’ second appearance at the Battle 4 Atlantis. A&M finished second in 2015.

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